October=Pumpkin Everything!

Yay, October is finally here! My favorite month of the year! Halloween is like my Christmas, we celebrate 3 birthdays during the month, lots of family gatherings, and the weather finally gets a bit cooler. With pumpkins being in season this time of year, I take full advantage and offer a facial with autumn ingredients. Be sure if you are in the San Antonio area to book a Pumpkin Cheesecake Facial or one of my other pumpkin spa treatments.
pumpkin-facial
Pumpkin is full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants! You can tell by its bright color that it’s going to be going to be good for you. Not only is pumpkin loaded with vitamin A and antioxidant carotenoids, particularly alpha and beta-carotenes, it’s a good source of vitamins C, K, and E, and lots of minerals, including magnesium, potassium, & iron. Pumpkin nourishes tired or dry skin instantly, giving you a healthy glow anytime your skin needs a boost! Pumpkin is also anti-aging, can help with breakouts & acne problems, & lighten the skin tone.
pumpkins
Advertisements

Hair Care Tips for Fall

I am officially a brunette (a little on the Auburn side to be exact) without split ends. Yes, summer is now over, so it was time to cover up the chunky, thick blonde highlights and cut off all those dead, dry ends that comes with swimming, sunning, & the hot summer weather. With the Fall season here, its time to change our hair care routine a bit. Here are some tips.

1. Wash your hair every other day. To absorb excess oil between washes, apply a dime-size amount of baby powder to your roots at the crown and massage it into your scalp.

2. Get a trim every six to eight weeks to rid hair of dry, split ends.

3. Moisture loss causes split ends, so keep hair hydrated with leave in conditioner.

4. Deep-condition hair twice a month to restore health and boost radiance.

5. Be honest! Tell your stylist about any previous chemical treatments. This will ensure nothing is used on your hair that will cause a bad reaction—like hair loss.

6. Avoid pulling or tugging at tangled wet hair. Hair is like an elastic band—it can snap off and break if stretched too far. Instead, use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to separate wet strands.

7. Hot water is the enemy! High temperatures can damage your hair and will promote frizz.

8. Use a clarifying shampoo once a month to remove protein buildup along the scalp caused by oral medications, fatty acids and product use.

9. Create your own clarifying rinse: Mix 1 oz apple cider vinegar with 8 oz water and apply to wet hair. Let sit for 5 minutes, then rinse clear.

10. Buffing your hair with a towel when wet causes it to tangle. To absorb water, gently blot with a towel.

11. Want a quick hydration boost for hair? Apply olive oil to ends.

12. Always rinse out conditioner with cold water to seal the cuticle, which promotes shine.

13. Comb your hair from root to tip each night to increase blood circulation, loosen up dry skin on your scalp and distribute your hair’s natural oils, which will moisturize the hair shaft.
fallhaircaretips

Why You Should Pamper Your Skin

Why should you pamper your skin to a facial? Facials are well known for their simplicity and effectiveness in improving the overall appearance of the facial skin. A facial is a treatment that deeply purifies and exfoliates resulting in smooth and well-hydrated skin. Facials are most often used for minimizing dry skin, acne, wrinkles and skin blemishes. They also work to remove the outer layers of dead skin in order to keep the epidermis toxin free. Receiving facials on a regular basis will cause your pores to remain unclogged and your face to look smooth and healthy. Your skin cells regenerate every six weeks, which is all the more reason to incorporate facials into your life. Facials are a relaxing way to keep your face looking its best.

Now that you know why you should treat your skin to a regular facial, let me give you some reasons why you should get a facial with me! Here goes:

#10 Free Skin Analysis! Get a thorough skin analysis, with more time taken to learn about your skin, tools available to look deeper into the layers of your skin, and a longer term treatment plan defined.

#9 Extractions in a Breeze! Clearing clogged comedones keeps skin healthy and supple while preventing acne. It is recommended to extract those comedones once a week in a SAFE manner. Having a trained professional perform extractions allows a variety of angles and techniques. I also have tools and machines that open pores, hydrate the skin to make it flexible, liquefy impacted material, and protect the surrounding skin while comedones literally slide out.

#8 I LOVE What I Do! I am passionate about your skin and love working with it! I love learning more and putting to use the information I have in making your skin look the best it possibly can!

#7 Not Just For Women! Too many men grow up still washing their face with bar soap and water, wishing their skin was different, yet clueless how to solve it. They still neglect their skin and feel ashamed and embarrassed about their appearance. Facials are not“girly” treatments. EVERYONE deserves to feel comfortable and attractive in their own skin. No one thinks to educate teenage boys how to reduce acne or not to pick. Any age group, any gender, any race will benefit from learning totake care of their skin.

#6 Specialized Products! No skin is exactly the same, and no client has the same goals for their skin. That is why a quality esthetician will meet you, talk with you, and learn about you before the procedure so the very best choice of products can be chosen. There is a reason why every good product line has choices and ways to adapt products to individuals and their skin care goals. Your skin receives pampering and ingredients applied just for it!

#5 Massage Isn’t Just For Relaxation! Massage techniques have a variety of purposes. Not only does a massage loosen muscles and lower heart rate and blood pressure (that brings you into a deep state of relaxation!), it can actually heal your skin! Massage stimulates blood and lymphatic circulation and boosts your immune system. It delivers more nutrients to your skin and removes more waste. It can stimulate collagen and elastin to form in the dermis and plump the skin back to healthy levels. It can reactivate the microcurrent impulses in the skin to reduce or prevent sagging skin. Even just a facial massage can work acupuncture meridians to relieve tension, blockages, or imbalances in the entire body. It can even help exfoliate dead skin, loosening acneic debris, or it help drive beneficial, moisturizing ingredients deeper. If you have never had a facial massage, you have no idea what you’re missing!

#4 Because You Can! Many people are afraid of the expense of ‘extras’ like spa treatments, luckily I’m affordable. Especially in a tough economic situation, taking care of our skin is considered an unnecessary expense. Many product lines found in grocery stores feed off of the fear, selling you quick-fixes that don’t actually fix anything. They use cheap fillers that fill your pores with gunk, and ingredients that dry your skin out, insuring you will be back for more soon! They don’t want you to know facials can be the least expensive items on a spa menu! Truly beneficial product lines do not need fillers, and they will last longer than store bought items. Taking care of your skin may cost a little more up front, but it is less than you think and will cost you less in the long term. *Check out my specials: http://shinebeautifully.me/thelilsparoom/specials

#3 Create A Plan! The things we can do in the treatment room are only half of the success of your skin. The other half is a great home-care regime. It is hard to know exactly what to do at home, by yourself, and be the only one celebrating your success! With an esthetician, you have someone as equally excited and invested in your skin as you are! You will have a plan that we can decide together that fits your life, preferences, and skin perfectly! I want to be your partner in creating healthy skin for you!

#2 A Spiritual Experience! Facials involve a lot of physical touch, which can initiate a bond between esthetician and pamperee. The positioning of an esthetician at the head of the bed puts the esthetician’s solar plexus chakra in alignment with the clients crown chakra, creating a unique flow of energy between each life force. A great esthetician realizes this exchange and utilizes it to benefit each person they work with. I like to bring peace, love, and self-fulfillment to my clients, receiving their worries and returning the energy with feelings of confident and peace. There is no greater reward or benefit to my life than to make a new friend and feel them feeling beautiful, powerful, and calm.

#1 YOU DESERVE IT!!! Seriously, when did you last do something to feel good about yourself? That pair of sensible flats you bought to wear to work every day does NOT count. Taking care of yourself, or more importantly, FEELING good about yourself is VITAL to your physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health. You cannot hope to lead a healthy life if you do not take a few minutes to breathe. Let someone else pamper you. Give your brain a chance to catch up to you! The first step to healing the world is to take care of you first! Hope to hear from you soon! ~April

Crow’s Feet: Fight those Fine Lines!

Aging is a fact of life and the eyes are the first to show real signs of aging.  Puffy eyes, dark circles, fine lines, crow’s feet, and broken capillaries are the most common signs. Start taking care of your eye area and using an eye treatment product in your early 20s; prevention is the key and with more knowledge you can keep your skin looking younger well into your post menopausal years.

eye treatment the lil spa roomThe skin of the face and the body vary in thicknesses throughout the body.  The thinnest skin is approximately 0.5 millimeter in thickness, is found under your eyes and on the eyelids. The thickest skin, at approximately 4 mm, is on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. Since the skin around our eyes is thinner, it is more prone to sun damage which leads to pigmentation and collagen loss, causing lines, thinner skin and making dark circles more obvious. Sebaceous glands or oil producing glands also have a more active role in how your skin reacts. They are more concentrated around your nose than any other part of the face.  There are virtually no sebaceous glands under the eye making it prone to dryness. On the body these glands are located in the chest and back area which can be a problem for those suffering with acne.

*The 5 most common causes of dark circles are allergies, dehydration, lack of sleep, anemia, and heredity.

Home remedies such as tea bags, cucumbers and potatoes are helpful, but not eye treatment the lil spa roomclinically proven to work. If you are looking for a high quality product that is clinically proven, works for you throughout the day and guaranteed to demonstrate a difference, I recommend Truface Ideal eyes by Nuskin. For more product info click here.

Tips to keep your eyes youthful:

Hydrate: By drinking more water you will feel and look better.  Hydrating will flush out the toxins giving your skin the moisture it needs to look its best.

Well-balanced healthy diet: Eating healthy is anti-aging from the inside out. Taking a good nutritional supplement plus eating more fresh fruits and vegetables is crucial for good health. Free radicals cause aging and to fight free radicals we need a diet high in antioxidants. Supplements and diet will also prevent anemia.

Avoid rubbing your eyes: This causes trauma which in turn can cause dark pigment under the eye area.

Get 8 hours of sleep: Not enough sleep makes your skin paler which in turn shows more of the tiny blood vessels under the eye area. Sleep is needed for your body to recover from the day’s stresses.

Less salt: Excess fluid retention will make your eyes puffy. Over time the puffy eyes end up looking more like under eye bags as we age.

Remove your makeup before bed: A good skincare regimen I highly recommend for better skin and to anti-age your eyes. Leaving mascara on will cause damage to the eyelashes. Eye makeup and foundation clogs pores. Night time is the perfect time for your skin to recover from all the free radicals during the day.

Collagen eye treatment san antonioDo not use oil based makeup: Oil based cosmetics are not healthy for your skin and especially the eye area. Mineral oil is found in our moisturizers and cosmetics. It is an inexpensive product used by many cosmetic companies and is not healthy for the skin. It clogs pores and prevents your skin from breathing.

Regular professional collagen eye treatments to strengthen the elasticity, hydrate, and brighten the skin

Glacial Mud Masque

My lavender vanilla facial has been a hit this summer; being that its meant for all skin types, women, men, and teens have come in for one. All the products used in this treatment are wonderful; however, the main “skin changer” is the masque. I’m actually thinking of keeping it in my treatments for a while.

The glacial facial purifying mineral mud masque is definitely making a huge difference in my client’s complexions and mine as well. Dull, dry, and mature skins to oily, acne prone and even sensitive skin type clients leave my studio looking refreshed, deeply cleansed, rejuvenated, and glow at the end of the facial. This particular mud mask is made with mineral enriched glacial clay, silt, and contains a special mixture of botanical and organic extracts. The clay comes from the waters of the Copper River Delta in Alaska and the organic botanical extracts come from the Pacific Northwest. How cool to know that one of my favorite products used in my spa studio in good ol San Antonio, TX comes all the way from Alaska!

The glacial clay and silt contains over 60 nourishing elements and botanical extracts; some of  these active ingredients include:  Magnesium, Copper, Sulfur, Silver, Silicon, Calcium, Sodium, Potassium, Iron, kelp, nettle, horsetail, elderflower, yarrow, cranberry, blueberry, and vitamins e & b5.

My clients (male and female) that have big blackhead congestion issues enjoy the warm masque under a little bit of steam. This helps with the extraction part of the facial since the mud is very detoxifying.  Sure, all the facial massage circulation plays a big part as well, but it’s the masque that infuses the skin with its botanical goodness & lightly exfoliates the skin to a much smoother and softer state. Because of all the rich extracts combined, this masque is naturally anti-aging for all skin types as well. If you’re in the San Antonio area, be sure to schedule a facial soon to enjoy this masque in your treatment.

Glacial Mud Facial- The Lil Spa Room

 

 

 

 

 

Affordable Skin Care for Normal to Dry Skin

Loving the Nuskin Skin Care Nutricentials  line with the summer season ending soon. My skin is still soft and dewy and without spending a fortune too. This entire dry skin regimen is just $1oo. You will not pay that at your cosmetic counter. If you want a simple 3 step skin care routine, these products can be purchased separately. Here is some info about a regimen for dry and sensitive skin types.

The skin nurturing benefits of soy lipids help Creamy Cleansing Lotion keep even the driest, most sensitive skin soft and hydrated while gentle, soap-free cleansers remove debris and pollution.

pH Balance Toner Normal To Dry Skin is rich in polyphenols powerful antioxidants that help soothe skin strawberry extract helps diminish the appearance of pores so skin appears refined and refreshed. This alcohol-free formula helps return your complexion to its ideal.

Celltrex® Ultra Recovery Fluid Nu Skin reveals the Mediterranean secret of beautiful skin with Celltrex Ultra Recovery Fluid. Celltrex Ultra contains concentrated levels of the polyphenol Hydroxytyrosol, the most powerful component of olive oil that scavenges free radicals and protects at the cellular level. Daily exposure to the environment unleashes a cascade of free radicals in the body. Just a few drops of Celltrex Ultra every morning and night keeps your skin looking supple and healthy.

Moisture Restore” Day Protective Lotion is a high-performance lotion that hydrates, protects, and promotes vibrant, healthy-looking skin all day, every day. Added UVA/UVB protection helps fight against premature aging caused by the sun.

Night Supply Nourishing Cream boosts the skin’s nighttime renewal process by restoring flexibility and resilience to the skin. A source of nourishment to the people of Asia and Polynesia, this unique soy ingredient helps replenish the skin’s natural protective barrier. With Night Supply Nourishing Cream you wake up to noticeably soft, youthful looking skin.

Nuskin

To purchase products online, just click on the product image.  For more information on the product recommendations, please feel free to contact me.